Series: Caraval #2
Published by Flatiron Books on May 29, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, romance
Format: Print, Paperback, Print ARC
Source: Print ARC, the publisher
Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.
I received a print copy of Legendary by Stephanie Garber from Macmillan Library. I randomly got added to their mailing list and this was the first book that I have received. I was super excited. I may have screamed a little and did a dance when this came in. Thank you so much Macmillan for the opportunity to read this book and review it.
I absolutely adored Caraval when I first read it. It was magical and thrilling and I wanted more and more of it. I was so excited to see that we’d get more from the world of Caraval. Last April (2017), I got the chance to meet the wonderful Stephanie Garber at a library conference. It was incredible. I didn’t have a copy of Caraval at the time so she signed a notebook I’d brought with me. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this one early. My love of Garber’s work has only grown.
I dove into Legendary without worry because I knew it was a duology. I could start it without having to worry about waiting for the next book. I didn’t worry that I wouldn’t get the actual beautiful copy in my hands for another two months. I dove in and didn’t look back.
While I adored Scarlett in Caraval and was not Tella’s biggest fan, this book made me love so so much. I adored getting to see behind her eyes in this book. I’m so glad Garber decided to give us more in this universe and specifically with this character. She’s a strong character who has some deep flaws but pushes past them. She has a deep love for family, which I highly respect. I really enjoyed getting to see how she reacted to situations. She was truly compelling and I enjoyed this book more than Caraval because she’s such a fighter. Scarlett had to grow into her fighter self in Caraval, but Tella was already one. Instead, you get to see Tella grow in different ways in this book.
There’s a lot to love about this book. I think my favorite aspect was the introduction of the Fates. It had a tarot card feel to it but it was unique and new and not the typical tarot we all know. I really liked getting to know about this world more and getting to explore the heart of the Meridian Empire. I enjoyed getting to know Dante as a character and the new character Jacks. I also really liked the twists and turns this book played.
If you enjoyed the game within Caraval, then you’ll love this one even more. It’s not quite the game you’re expecting and that makes it so much more interesting. The fantasy elements are really played out in this book. I enjoyed the love interests and the dynamics of their characters. This is a beautiful and magical book. It’s deadly and amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on the hardcover copy and hopefully the playing cards from the preorder gift. (https://us.macmillan.com/flatironbooks/promo/legendarypreorder).
Don’t hesitate to dive into this book. Thanks for reading!